Wednesday, August 18, 2010

do you believe in second chances?

Do you believe in second chances?

This week seemed to have a theme of second chances---at least in the old movies I've watched this week.

In our theology class, we've watched probably a 1990s movie starring the young Robert Downey. He could see 4 dead but friendly people who had watched him and grow. All 4 died in a vehicular accident, but they did not fly to heaven right away. They had unfinished business to attend to. The living Robert Downey was instrumental in accomplishing all they needed to do---returning a stolen stamp, singing in front of a crowd, looking for children left behind, and returning an unrequited love. Their deaths were abrupt, they never had the chance to do all these. No amount of riches left to family or health insurance quotes matter when you suddenly lost the chance to live your life. Thanks to their young, living friend, somehow they got a "second chance" and do whatever their heart's desire. And they all took the bus to heaven smiling.

The next movie is The Lovely Bones (starring Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz). It was a story of 14-year-old girl murdered, and the story was recounted by Susie, the dead girl, herself. The film was surreal, and I especially like it for its "dreamy" scenes. Susie died the day when the love of her life finally asked her out. She never even experienced the bliss of the first kiss. The second chance in the story lies not in the life of Susie, but on the life of her family. Her father became obsessed in capturing her murderer, it eventually led to the breaking up of their family. Susie's mother couldn't really cope with her death and her husband's obsession, she had to leave their home. But eventually, she came back. Their home was rebuilt, and they all had another chance to life.

I was slipping away, that's what it felt like, life was leaving me, but I wasn't afraid; then I remembered: "There was something I was meant to do; somewhere I was meant to be."

Susie must have described the feeling well. I hope all of us would never come to that point. I hope we never get a second chance---because we would get it right the first time.

I particularly like this poem from Susie's love:

If I had but an hour of love
If that be all that is given me
An hour of love upon this earth
I would give my love to thee.


kg said...

what's the title of the 1990s movie of robert downey? sounds interesting.

eks said...

do i believe in second chances? yes. but i agree with you -- i hope we make it right the first time.

so, anong reaksyon mo dito in a theological perspective? hehehe.

jeanny said...

haven't watched those movies. Sounds interesting. Will look for a cd nga at SM.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend Mord :)

docgelo said...

i haven't watched that rachel weisz's movie yet and i'm still figuring out the title of that robert downey film you mentioned.

hey, i think it's my 1st time here in your blog. seems like we have common blog buddies =).

will link you up. =)